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Mohan Chandrasekaran

Mohan Chandrasekaran is a top rank Violin Maestro in the World of India Classical Music, whose career has entered the sixth decade. Sri M. Chandrasekaran was born in a family of traditional musicians on the 11th December 1937. He was initiated into Carnatic music by his mother late Srimathi Charubala Mohan, a talented carnatic musician. Smt. Charnbala Mohan was perhaps the only guru for Sri M. Chandrasekaran on violin. Within a short span, Sri Chandrasekaran inculcated the essence of carnatic music and started giving public performances at the age of eleven. His first performance was at Thiagaraja Vidwath Samajam, Mylapore, Chennai, in the year 1949. The young prodigy won laurels of many that include the best violinist award from the Music Academy in the year 1950. That heralded a career in music, which comprised both solo and accompaniment.

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Sri Chandrasekaran has provided Violin accompaniment to the entire gamut of stalwarts like Sri Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Sri Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer, Sri G.N.Balasubramanianm, Sri Madurai Mani Iyer, Chembai Sri Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, Sri Ramnad Krishnan, Sri T.K.Rangachari, Sathur Sri A.G.Subramaniam, Mayavaram Sri Rajam, Alathur Brothers, Flute T.R.Mahalingam, Sri Musiri Subramania Iyer, Sri Madurai Somasundaram, Sri Maharajapuram Santhanam, Palghat Sri K.V.Narayanaswamy and a galaxy of elite living exponents like Sri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Flute Sri N.Ramani, Dr.M.Balamurali Krishna and many other leading artistes. He has enthralled audiences all over India and at the cultural centres of United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, Malaysia and Singapore. He has received appreciation of Violin Maestros like Mysore Sri T.Chowdiah, Sri Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu, Sri Kumbakonam Raja Manickam Pillai, etc. He has also received appreciation from Nadaswara Chakravarti Sri T.N.Rajaratnam Pillai.

 

Sri Chandrasekaran is well versed in Vocal Music too. He had learnt vocal music from his mother and later he continued to learn under Mannargudi Sri Sambasiva Bhagavathar, Kumbakonam Sri Viswanatha Iyer (one of the Kumbakonam brothers), Smt T.Jayammal and Sri Vidyala Narasimhulu Naidu. He also learned vocal music from some other vidwans and well wishers. His mellifluous voice has the depth and resonance which makes one think of GNB. He is well known for singing the verses of keerthanas, while rendering violin solo. He has the honour of participating in all the Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan since its inception in 1955.

 

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of music and excellence achieved by him, the Government of India honoured him with the prestigious “Sangeet Natak Academy Award” in 1986. He has been honoured with Kalaimamani Award by the Tamil Nadu Government in 1982. He has been honoured by the Rotary Club in 1984 and 1985 and 1989. He was awarded the Mysore T.Chowdiah National Award in 1989. He won the Ugadi Puraskar Award in 1993. He was also made the Astana Vidwan of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt in 1993. He has been conferred with a host of other titles namely Kalaimamani ; Vadhyaratnakara ; Thantrivilas ; Sangeeth Choodamani ; Sangeetha Mani ; Violin Everest ; Sangeetha Rathna ; Ezhisaivallal ; Innisai Nadamani ; Suswara Sugalaya Sangeetha ; Violin Kalandi ; Nadasudarnava ; Nadakanal ; Madura Kala Praveena ; Sangeetha Kala Sagara (Vizag), Sangeetha Kala Sagara (Secunderabad), Sangita Seva Nirata, Sangita Kala Sarathi, Violin Chakaravathi, Gana Kala Sironmani, Vani Kala Sudhakara, Panpanasam Sivan Award, etc. Shri M. Chandrasekaran, has given many records and cassettes comprising of accompaniment, solo and voco-violin performances. Sri Chandrasekaran has been awarded the title Sangeeta Kalanidhi by the Music Academy, Chennai, for the year 2005. He was the FIRST recipient of M.S.Subbulakshmi Award instituted by The Hindu in December 2005. Shri M. Chandrasekaran has also received awards for excellence in teaching.

 

Sri M. Chandrasekaran is an excellent composer too. He has composed many Keerthanas and Varnams. He was also a faculty member of the Palghat Music College as a visiting Professor. He has also given many lecture demonstrations on various aspects of musical centres the latest being a lecture demonstration on Annamacharya Sankeethanams at the Music Academy. He takes pleasure in fostering the younger generation in music and has a good number of students to his credit, many of whom have blossomed into leading artistes of today. His daughter Smt G.Bharathi (Violin) and his son Sri Murali (Flute) follow his footsteps.

 

Sri M. Chandrasekaran started a Trust along with his family and disciples in memory of his mother Late Smt.Charubala Mohan, namely “CHARUBALA MOHAN TRUST” in the year 1998. The Trust has been honouring Music Vidwans, both vocal and instrumental of different States, by giving titles and has also been arranging carnatic music performances regularly.

 
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